Lawyers Defending Healthcare Professionals Against the Various California Healthcare Licensing Boards
Licensing Board disciplinary actions usually begin with an investigation into your practice. These investigations may be prompted by any number of events, including complaints filed by other professionals and/or patients made directly to the licensing board, reports of payments made by malpractice insurance carriers, or reports filed by peer review bodies when disciplinary actions are taken in connection with ethical complaints or staff privileges. California Licensing boards may also learn of criminal convictions (including DUIs) or disciplinary actions taken against a professional by licensing boards in another state or jurisdiction through agencies such as the Federation of State Medical Boards, practitioner databases, or even through the media.
An investigation interview will be held, and our experienced healthcare licensing attorneys can help prepare you and represent you during that process. It is critical to get an attorney involved immediately after you learn of the investigation, so that we can effectively and proactively manage the investigative and formal hearing process. Your life’s work might be on the line. Don’t wait to take action!
FAQ: What should I do if I receive a letter from a California Board investigator inviting me to an interview?
- A: You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Your interview will be recorded and anything you say could potentially be used against you. The letter you receive will likely tell you that an attorney is not necessary, and the investigator will usually be very congenial inviting you to the interview, but you have the right to have an attorney with you. Regardless of the reasons why you have received a letter from the Board, do not make the mistake of believing you should handle this by yourself and that it will go away. You should learn your rights by consulting with an experienced attorney who can instruct you on how to prepare for an interview with a Board investigator. Learn more about California licensing board investigations.
FAQ: What should I do if I receive a letter demanding that I turn over my patient(s) medical records?
- A: You should consult with a license defense lawyer immediately. There are specific legal requirements that the Board must follow in order to access confidential patient information. Don’t automatically turn over any patient record without discussing it with an attorney experienced in handling Board matters. You have a legal obligation to protect your patients’ confidential information! An experienced health care attorney can instruct you on how to respond to such a request. You have rights and so do your patients.
Contact an Experienced California Licensing Board Investigation Defense Attorney Today!
Timing is critical. If you are the target of a licensing board investigation, do not delay seeking the advice and counsel of a California licensing board investigation defense attorney. Our attorneys have a combined 50 years experience helping clients like you. To schedule a FREE initial phone consultation, fill out our online form or call us at (650) 212-4900 1-800-LAW-MDJD (1-800-529-6353).
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